2013 Cardinal Handicap

Cardinal Handicap at Churchill

StarstruckLet’s take a look at the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. This race is for fillies and mares three years old and up contested at 11/8 miles on the turf course with a purse of $100,000. The morning line favorite is Larry Jones’ Starstruck who is set in at 3 to 1 with Robby Albarado aboard. She won he next to last start which was a Grade 3 event going 11/8 miles at Monmouth Park. She then entered a Grade 1 race where she stalked the pace and finished 4th. That is what she likes to do and I see nothing changing for this race. She will lay just off the pace and make a bid down the stretch. Next in the ML is Steve Margoli’s Miz Ida at 7/2. Her last win was in June of this year at this track where she came fro 10 lengths back to win it by a length and a half. She gets the services of Shaun Bridgmohan and again I believe she will start running from well back. She has plenty of graded stakes experience but Grade 3  races seem to fit her best.

Solid AppealAnd set in at 7/2 is the co-second choice Michael Malz’s Somali Lemonade. This filly had her last win in July of this year in a Grade 3 event at Parx. She too is the stalking type and figures to lay just off the pace in this one. She will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. My pick in this race is none of the above. While they like to stalk the pace and come running I believe that it may take someone on the lead who can slow the pace down and then have enough left to finish the job. So I am going with  Solid Appeal ridden by Joseph Rocco. Now I know that there are a couple of others in here who have early speed but their class is suspect. I think Solid Appeal will emerge with the lead and have enough left down the stretch to prevail. I see it as Solid Appeal first, Soft Whisper second and Starstruck third. Good luck gals and guys!




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